Mercuris Legal

We assist you in all stages of the life of your company

For all important moments in the life of a company (creation, development, restructuring, sale, dispute, winding down), our lawyers and experts help you making the right decisions and implement them, in the best of your interest and in compliance with good practices of corporate governance.

Our services include legal advice and assistance in corporate law, merger and acquisition (M&A) as well as in contract law.

Corporate law

Creation of companies in Switzerland

We advise and support you in the creation of any type of company (or other legal entity) in Switzerland. Our services include:

  • the creation of commercial companies (new companies, opening of subsidiaries and branches, holding companies),
  • the creation of associations and foundations,
  • the conversion of a sole enterprise into a company,
  • the establishment of partnerships,
  • all legal or administrative formalities related to the establishment (tax status, opening bank accounts, payroll, residence and work permits, etc.), and in particular
  • the support for the arrival of employees and their families (housing, administrative and tax procedures).

Company-Investors relations

We support companies and investors in defending and protecting their interests. Our services include:

  • investment advice and strategies (legal, economic and tax aspects),
  • management and structuring of fundraising from a legal perspective (capital contribution, convertible loans, share classes, shareholders' agreement, issuance prospectus, etc.)
  • incentivizing employees and other stakeholders (through stock option plans (SOP), stock purchase plans (SPP), phantom stock plans or other incentive schemes),
  • the handling of dispute between companies and their stakeholders or between those stakeholders, both before ordinary and arbitral jurisdiction and through alternative modes of dispute resolution (mediation or cooperative law).

Mergers and acquisitions – transfer of companies

We advise and support buyers or sellers in the total or partial transfer of a company, or in the merger between several entities. Our services include:

  • legal due diligence procedures in cooperation with internal or external financial and tax due diligences,
  • structuring and legal assistance in case of sale or purchase of companies (share deal, assets deal, including in relation with MBO, LBO or others), merger, transformation or demerger.

We also assist you in restructuring operations, including financial restructuring operations, as well as for voluntary or involuntary winding down procedures, incl. bankruptcy and arrangement with creditors.

Corporate administration, accounting, management services and regulatory matters

We support companies with complementary high-level administration and management services. Our services include:

  • domiciliation and management of companies including holding of general meetings,
  • accounting (setting up, holding, closing, preparation of files for the auditors) and payroll management,
  • drafting of internal regulations, as regards corporate governance and fight against money laundering, bribery , insider trading, or as regards whistleblower systems.

Commercial contracts

We advise and support you in developing profitable contractual relationships with your business partners, taking into account all legal aspects. Our services include:

  • analyzing, drafting and negotiating contracts with your business partners in Switzerland and abroad (supply, distribution, franchise, exclusive distribution, agency, license, lease, employment, general conditions),
  • development of institutional relations with commercial partners (joint ventures, equity investments, shareholders' agreement),
  • follow-up and monitoring of contracts, in terms of implementation of the contractual duties and compliance with tax and accounting obligations,
  • handling of disputes arising therefrom, both before ordinary and arbitral jurisdiction and through alternative modes of dispute resolution (mediation or cooperative law).